Boston Massacre - Analyzing the Symbols in Paul Revere's Iconic Image

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Paul Revere’s “The Bloody Massacre” is one of the most recognized images in American history. Your students will analyze Revere’s rendition of the Boston Massacre on their own, and then you will walk them through the various portions of the scene in a PowerPoint to show how he stole the idea for the image, and what he was trying to get the viewer to see in this incredible work of propaganda.

The PowerPoint is made up of 49 slides that are in .jpg format, meaning they cannot be edited.

Table of Contents:
2 pages on 8.5” x 11” paper:
-1 page: The Bloody Massacre image
-1 page: Table with 10 blanks for students to write in

49 slides that include the letter Henry Pelham wrote to Paul Revere shaming him for stealing his artwork, explanation of portions of the artwork such as the woman in the image, the dog, the facial features of the British soldiers, the gun in the window, etc.

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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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